Huawei has opened its first telecoms research & development (R&D) centre in South Africa, which it expects to help position South Africa’s telecoms technology innovation drive on a par with global trends.
Huawei will collaborate with mobile and fixed line operators as well as third parties to generate marketing analysis, and drive service innovation and solution design, to address crucial telecoms challenges in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Currently, 43% of Huawei's 87 502 staff compement is engaged in R&D.
Through this new facility, Huawei will import global telecommunications technology innovations to South Africa and further engage with its global experts to meet the requirements of the country’s telecoms market.
It expects this will help it discover a new way of rendering services to local operators.
Paul Wu, CEO for Huawei South Africa, says: “Our R&D centres are the engine of our business. We’re looking forward to bringing our international expertise to pioneer local, customised solutions to South Africa’s telecommunications industry.
"The formation of our training centre in 2008 is testimony to Huawei’s commitment to providing our clients with in-depth and comprehensive training in the latest technology.
"We regard the establishment of the R&D centre as a continuation of this growth, and keenly anticipate servicing South Africa’s vibrant and growing telecommunications sector.”
Huawei has R&D facilities in various locations worldwide, including the US (Silicon Valley and Dallas), Russia (Moscow), Sweden (Stockholm), Nigeria (Lagos), India (Bangalore) and China (Beijing, Shanghai Nanjing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Chengdu). South Africa’s R&D centre is the 16th globally and the second in Africa.
South Africa is widely acknowledged as the African continent’s telecommunications hub.